Master Food Volunteers of Northern Virginia

Master Food Volunteers of Northern Virginia The Master Food Volunteer Program helps Extension reach more Virginians with up-to-date, research-based knowledge on food preparation, nutrition, food safety, and physical activity.
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Virginia Cooperative Extension
09/25/2020

Virginia Cooperative Extension

Celebrate #FoodSafety Education Month by buying a food thermometer and using it to make sure meat reaches a temperature high enough to kill germs.

🌡160°F for ground meats, such as beef and pork
🌡165°F for all poultry, including ground chicken and turkey
🌡145°F for whole cuts of beef, pork, veal, and lamb (then let rest for 3 minutes before carving or eating)

Learn more about safe cooking temperatures: https://go.usa.gov/xdb3x

09/25/2020
Kale Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette

Check out this Kale Salad cooking demonstration by Fairfax County Extension Agent, Katie Strong! Thanks to the Fairfax Food Council for their support. https://video.vt.edu/media/1_vv410fd1

Do you want to add more greens to your meals? Are you looking for ways to use kale from your garden? Try this recipe for Kale Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette, demonstrated by Katie Strong, M.S., R.D., Fairfax County Extension agent. 

We hope you'll join us for these great events! We have some exciting things lined up: cooking demos and classes on food ...
09/23/2020

We hope you'll join us for these great events! We have some exciting things lined up: cooking demos and classes on food preservation during COVID!🥬🍅🍠

Check out the amazing array of programming as part of October's Urban Agriculture Month! https://arlington.ext.vt.edu/programs/urbanag.html

Stay tuned as we add more regional urban agriculture events to the calendar. We're excited to partner with our friends at VCE Fairfax, Fairfax Food Council, Fairfax County Master Gardeners, Virginia Cooperative Extension - Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia, Arlington Friends of Urban Agriculture, Falls Church Garden Club, and Master Food Volunteers of Northern Virginia

Virginia Cooperative Extension Family Consumer Sciences, Virginia Cooperative Extension Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Program

09/21/2020
ALIVE

ALIVE

This week's food distribution:

Saturday, September 26 Truck-to-Trunk
ALIVE! Truck-to-Trunk will distribute food at two drive-through sites on Saturday, September 26 from 8:30 am – 10:30 am at the parking lots of Cora Kelly (3600 Commonwealth Ave) and John Adams (5651 Rayburn Ave) Elementary Schools. This distribution includes bags of shelf stable groceries, chicken, and eggs, while supplies last.

Drive-through and walks-ups welcome. Please maintain 6-feet social distance, wear a face mask, and bring carts or reusable bags to carry food home.

USDA Extends WIC COVID-19 Flexibilities for Duration of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
09/21/2020
USDA Extends WIC COVID-19 Flexibilities for Duration of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

USDA Extends WIC COVID-19 Flexibilities for Duration of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

(Washington, D.C., September 21, 2020) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the extension of more than a dozen flexibilities ensuring participants in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) continue receiving the food and health suppo...

This is a great new tool by Virginia Poverty Law Center to determine if you're eligible for SNAP benefits and see an est...
09/16/2020
PRESS RELEASE: Virginia Poverty Law Center releases new SNAP eligibility calculator - Virginia Poverty Law Center

This is a great new tool by Virginia Poverty Law Center to determine if you're eligible for SNAP benefits and see an estimated amount of benefits you could receive.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, September 16, 2020 Virginia Poverty Law Center releases new SNAP eligibility calculator The mobile-friendly calculator shows a person’s eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and an estimate of benefits they could receive. RICHMOND, VA...

On Saturday, September 12 and Saturday, September 26, Fastran buses will be parked at the 21 locations listed below from...
09/16/2020

On Saturday, September 12 and Saturday, September 26, Fastran buses will be parked at the 21 locations listed below from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to collect food donations. Buses will be located in less-frequented lots throughout the county, including many Board of Supervisors’ offices and the Fairfax County Government Center, to allow donors to comply with social distancing recommendations.

https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/neighborhood-community-services/stuff-the-bus

Today at 4pm: Good Nutrition Matters: Experts Share Healthy Tips, Quick Meal Tricks and Back to School Strategies for Le...
09/16/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Good Nutrition Matters: Experts Share Healthy Tips, Quick Meal Tricks and Back to School Strategies for Learning Success. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Today at 4pm: Good Nutrition Matters: Experts Share Healthy Tips, Quick Meal Tricks and Back to School Strategies for Learning Success

You’ll learn how to make the most of mealtime with chef and cookbook author Kate Winslow who will demo some delicious, affordable and kid-friendly recipes on a budget, and you’ll get tools to help you connect families in need to critical food services and School Nutrition Programs in your community.

Good nutrition is more important than ever as kids and families head back to a new school year in the midst of a pandemic. Many experts have raised concern that the absence of structured school days, recess and access to school nutrition programs may exacerbate unhealthy levels of weight gain typica...

Fairfax County Health Department
09/13/2020

Fairfax County Health Department

This week's #NationalPreparednessMonth reminder: Prepare for Disasters

Limit the impacts that disasters have on you and your family. Know the risk of disasters in your area and check your insurance coverage. Learn how to make your home stronger in the face of storms and other common hazards and act fast if you receive a local warning or alert.

https://bit.ly/2QKf4CK

#BeReady #DisastersDontWait

09/09/2020
ALIVE

ALIVE

ALIVE! is providing food at one distribution this week.

Saturday, September 12 Truck-to-Trunk
ALIVE! Truck-to-Trunk will distribute food at two drive-through sites on Saturday, September 12 from 8:30 am – 10:30 am at the parking lots of Cora Kelly (3600 Commonwealth Ave) and John Adams (5651 Rayburn Ave) Elementary Schools. This distribution includes bags of shelf stable groceries, fresh produce, and eggs, while supplies last. People are encouraged to drive through. Walks-ups should maintain 6 feet social distance, wear a face mask, and bring carts or reusable bags to carry food home.

From Food for Others: One of our most important FOOD DRIVES is happening this weekend & next weekend! Help us #StufftheB...
09/09/2020
Stuff the Bus | Neighborhood and Community Services

From Food for Others: One of our most important FOOD DRIVES is happening this weekend & next weekend! Help us #StufftheBus On Saturday, September 12 and Saturday, September 26! Fastran buses will be parked at 21 locations from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to collect food donations - drop off will be socially distanced and safe.Visit the link below for most needed items & drop off locations. https://bit.ly/2F0bF0v

Fairfax County, Virginia - Help us feed Fairfax families! Stuff the Bus is a public-private partnership effort to provide needed assistance to local food pantries providing critical food supplies to local individuals and families in need.

Fairfax County CERT Volunteers
09/02/2020

Fairfax County CERT Volunteers

FREE Food Distribution Drive Thru Events

Thursday, September 10th 1:00PM
Thursday, September 17th 1:00PM

South County Government Center, 8350
Richmond Hwy, Alexandria VA 22309

No eligibility required. Contact-free distribution.
Please wear face coverings to pick up dairy, and produce.
One weeks worth of fresh dairy, and produce. Boxes over 10 pounds each.

Supervisor Rodney Lusk

Impressive work by Prince William Food Rescue
09/01/2020

Impressive work by Prince William Food Rescue

August was our busiest month yet!!! We moved over 1.1 million pounds of food into the community! 🚛🍏🥬🍅🧅🥔🥕🚗
#foodrescue #endwaste #endhunger

08/19/2020
ALIVE

@Alive is hiring a Food Community Coordinator through December 2020.

ALIVE! Food Community Coordinator. Hiring through December 2020. Start immediately. This is a full-time temporary position in the ALIVE! Food Program. Learn more at https://www.alive-inc.org/nonprofit-careers/

08/14/2020
ALIVE

This Saturday ALIVE will have it's Truck-to-Trunk from 8:30-10:30am at John Adams & Cora Kelley Elementary School parking lots.

This week's food distributions:

Thursday, August 13 from 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm at Charles Houston Rec Center parking lot, ALIVE! will distribute bags of shelf-stable groceries, produce, and bread (in coordination with the meal distribution of Washington Street United Methodist Church, Royal Restaurant, ARHA, and the City of Alexandria)

Saturday, August 15 Truck-to-Trunk from 8:30 am - 10:30 am at John Adams and Cora Kelly Elementary School parking lots, ALIVE! will distribute bags of shelf-stable groceries, fresh produce, and eggs.

Great job Loudoun County Public Schools cafeteria workers! 👩‍🍳🧑‍🍳
08/13/2020

Great job Loudoun County Public Schools cafeteria workers! 👩‍🍳🧑‍🍳

On #ThankfulThursday, we are saluting the cafeteria workers who have continued to work through the summer months to provide nutritious meals to Loudoun County families during the pandemic. We appreciate their faithful efforts to care for our community during this time.

MyPlate
08/11/2020

MyPlate

Get kids cooking! Having kids help in the kitchen is a great activity for families. Try a new recipe or invent your own! More ways to make mealtimes fun: https://go.usa.gov/xnMbK

Si alguien necesita ayuda en el condado de Arlington, llame al 703-228-1300 para recibir ayuda.
08/10/2020

Si alguien necesita ayuda en el condado de Arlington, llame al 703-228-1300 para recibir ayuda.

Si usted, o alguien que usted conoce, necesita ayuda con los alimentos o las comidas, tiene a su alcance ayuda segura y gratuita disponible. Llame al 703-228-1300. Encontrará otros recursos disponibles en http://arlingtonva.us/covid-19/food-assistance/

Thanks to VCE Fairfax's dietetic intern, Brianna, for finding this great video on how to wash fruits and vegetables.
07/28/2020
How to Wash Fruits and Vegetables Video

Thanks to VCE Fairfax's dietetic intern, Brianna, for finding this great video on how to wash fruits and vegetables.

Learn how to properly wash fruits and vegetables.

Fairfax Food Council
07/27/2020

Fairfax Food Council

Freshfarm is looking for market managers to work markets in DC and Virginia. This is a part-time, hourly position, $18/hour. This is a great job for folks who like to be outside, work closely with local farmers and producers, and are interested in food access, it's also great if you have a good sense of humor! 😁 If you are interested please send your cover letter and resume to [email protected]. Please note if you speak Spanish or any other language.https://www.freshfarm.org/app/uploads/2020/07/Market-Manager-Job-Description-2020-addition.pdf

10 Healthy Shelf-Stable Pantry Essentials to Always Have on Hand
07/22/2020
10 Healthy Shelf-Stable Pantry Essentials to Always Have on Hand

10 Healthy Shelf-Stable Pantry Essentials to Always Have on Hand

There are a few shelf-stable grocery items that chefs and health experts recommend you always have on hand to stay healthy and happy in the kitchen. Here are the 10 best, according to registered dietitian Ashley Koff, RD.

Check out this 4 ingredient superfood smoothie recipe from the American Diabetes Association! It’s a great way to get in...
07/16/2020
Superfood Smoothie

Check out this 4 ingredient superfood smoothie recipe from the American Diabetes Association! It’s a great way to get in a majority of your daily dose of fruits and veggies.

Made with love for people living with diabetes and their families. Backed by the diabetes nutrition experts at the American Diabetes Association

FoodSafety.gov
07/15/2020

FoodSafety.gov

Marinade unlocks tons of flavor in meat & poultry! For safety only marinate in the fridge. You can store marinated poultry in your refrigerator for 2 days & all other meats up to 5 days. Happy #Grillingmonth!

CDC
07/14/2020

CDC

With changes in food availability in some communities due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be consuming more canned or packaged food. Tips on purchasing canned and packaged goods using the Nutrition Facts label and food planning are available. Learn more about COVID-19 and nutrition for health:
https://bit.ly/3iONzET.

Fairfax Food Council
07/13/2020

Fairfax Food Council

Want to hear what our members are up to in terms of urban gardening, food access and food literacy activities? Sign up for our seasonal newsletter and be in the know!

To sign up, send us an email: [email protected].

Fairfax County Health Department
07/04/2020

Fairfax County Health Department

The Fourth of July holiday is always a fun time to enjoy fireworks, swimming pools and food on the grill. This year’s July 4th is going to be different due to the coronavirus, but that doesn’t mean you can’t safely enjoy it. Here are some tips on:
😷 COVID-19 Risks
🎆 Fireworks
🔥 Grilling
🥗 Food Safety

Read more: https://bit.ly/2NNr3xJ

#FFXCOVID

07/03/2020
Prince William Food Rescue

Prince William Food Rescue

In need of food this weekend or know someone who needs food?

McLean Bible Church Prince William Campus is giving out 300 boxes of food this Saturday, July 4th from 10am to 2pm! First come, first serve at their campus located at 10002 Battleview Parkway, Manassas VA.

Spread the word and help feed Prince William County!

"Farmers markets across the District, Maryland and Virginia have adjusted their setups to comply with local guidance and...
06/29/2020
Fresh, healthy and safe: Navigating farmers markets in an age of social distancing

"Farmers markets across the District, Maryland and Virginia have adjusted their setups to comply with local guidance and ensure social distancing to keep both customers and vendors safe."

Read on to learn some tips to safely shop at farmers markets.

Markets have adjusted their setups to comply with local guidance during the coronavirus.

06/26/2020
Coronavirus Update - Food Resources for Families | Fairfax County Public Schools

Great news! USDA and VDOE have approved meal service at all existing food distribution sites (including bus routes) over the summer months. FCPS Food and Nutrition Services will continue to monitor data and community feedback to adjust grab and go delivery points as needed. Meal distribution information is kept current on the FCPS web page: https://www.fcps.edu/news/coronavirus-update-food-resources.

Coronavirus Update - Food Resources for Families Finding help with food assistance when schools are closed Translate this page አማርኛ العربية English Español فارسی 한국어 اردو Tiếng Việt 中文 Other Language Update for Friday, June 19:  Meals will be served at all sit...

ALIVE
06/18/2020

ALIVE

Meals and bags of shelf stable groceries.
TODAY 5 pm - 6 pm at Casa Chirilagua (4109 Mt Vernon Ave).

In cooperation with World Central Kitchen, Hunger Free Alexandria Volunteer Alexandria , Christ Church (Alexandria, VA), ACT for Alexandria, AlexandriaVA.gov

Loudoun County Public Schools
06/16/2020

Loudoun County Public Schools

Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS), in participation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Summer Food Service Program, is planning to continue to support families during the current COVID-19 pandemic by providing breakfast and lunch to all children 18 years of age and under through the month of August.

Meal service will be provided at 28 current walk-up sites and bus stops. (For a list of the bus stops, click here.)
Pick-up meal service is available between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. weekdays at the following 28 locations (On Thursday, July 2, LCPS will give out meals for both Thursday, July 2, and Friday, July 3.):

· Briar Woods High School
· Broad Run High School
· John Champe High School
· Dominion High School
· Frederick Douglass Elementary
· Freedom High School
· Guilford Elementary
· Harper Park Middle School
· Heritage High School
· Hutchison Farm Elementary
· Independence High School
· Leesburg Elementary
· Loudoun County High School
· Loudoun Valley High School
· Lovettsville Elementary
· Park View High School
· Potomac Falls High School
· Riverside High School
· Rock Ridge High School
· Rolling Ridge Elementary
· Round Hill Elementary
· Sterling Elementary
· Sterling Middle School
· Stone Bridge High School
· Sugarland Elementary
· Sully Elementary
· Tuscarora High School
· Woodgrove High School

Since LCPS closed schools on March 12 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and June 10, School Nutrition Services, with the help of Transportation Services, has served 895,093 free meals to students throughout Loudoun County.

Real Food For Kids
06/16/2020

Real Food For Kids

We are thrilled that Chef David Guas, our co-founder, will be reopening Bayou Bakery soon as more and more restrictions are lifted. In preparation for this, Bayou Bakery will be pausing from Chefs Feeding Families to refresh its space. During this renovation, Chef David Guas and Real Food for Kids are committed to uninterrupted meal service for local families. While meals are no longer available at Bayou Bakery, we have established 8 other Chefs Feeding Families pick-up locations in Arlington By deploying additional delivery vehicles, we will be bringing meals directly into our hardest-hit neighborhoods.

To view our pick-up location schedule, please visit: https://www.realfoodforkids.org/pickup-locations

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12011 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, VA
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